Buddy #1 got married and held the reception
at my former yacht club. He parked his boat at the courtesy dock
during the reception
, I'm not sure why. When he was ready to leave, he asked Buddy #2 to drive his boat back to the slip. He offered his boat keys, but Buddy #2 said he wouldn't need the keys since both boats had Yanmar
diesels and anyone with a Yanmar
key can start anyone else's boat with a Yanmar diesel
So Buddy #1 sets off on his honeymoon, and Buddy #2 delivers the boat back to the slip, only to discover that the kill for the diesel
is just inside the locked companionway hatch
. And, of course, he doesn't have the owner's keys.
So Buddy #2 leaves the boat with the diesel running, and hikes over to my boat to borrow my rigging cutter
to cut the lock off the companionway hatch
The moral of the story is: it's good to keep bolt cutters aboard.